NEW YORK — Johnny Manziel and Manti Teo are in position to make Heisman Trophy history.
Manziel, the redshirt freshman quarterback from Texas A&M, and Teo, Notre Dame’s star linebacker, along with Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, were invited Monday to attend the Heisman presentation ceremony.
Manziel is the favorite to win college football’s most famous player of the year award on Saturday night in Manhattan. He would be the first freshman to win the Heisman and the first Texas A&M player since halfback John David Crow won the school’s only Heisman in 1957.
Teo is trying to become the first defense-only player to win the Heisman. The Fighting Irish have seven Heisman winners, but none since Tim Brown in 1987.
Teo became the face of the No. 1 team in the country and leader of a defense that has been the toughest to score upon in the nation. The senior intercepted seven passes, second-most in the country and tops for a linebacker. He also led the Fighting Irish with 103 tackles, and earlier Monday won the Butkus Award as country’s best linebacker.
Klein would be the first player from Kansas State to win the Heisman.